I don't have much experience with WWW-based IM frontends,
so I will leave that for others; and I will explore the tangents
about alternatives for one-on-one chats instead. A bit off-topic,
but I'll write anyway, since it's quite some time now that
I have heard anyone mention these two...
On Wed, 1 Jun 2022, ffuentes wrote:
Jabber you need an account
Not necessarily if the ones you care about also have Google/Gmail account, since the old Google Talk XMPP <xmpps://talk.google.com:5223/> still exists (with catches, like no group chat there, and XMPP clients could
only send file to XMPP clients-- proprietary client and XMPP client
cannot send file to each other).
Granted, doing that would not solve the issues of decentralization
or Google-snoopery; but for some people, that would be a jump start
for using interoperable chat protocol, without having too much of
initial investment and barrier of lost contacts.
(And yes, Google Talk XMPP was my first experience in using Jabber protocol)
On the other hand, and especially for
less techy users (maybe out of reach for tildes but maybe in for open software) Discord or Telegram are attractive for being so visually
driven and easy to use, even across platforms.
In this topic, you forgot Delta Chat <https://delta.chat/>,
which is basically an SMS thread-style view for an email inbox; with all of the email goodies
out of the box (interoperability, federation+decentralization,
per-post attachment, support for long posts, and data portability);
and of course, it's libre software.
Since the thread is tracked by using regular email headers,
the other party don't even have to use Delta Chat to reply;
regular email client also works-- just write reply in the same way
as writing a reply to a SMS conversation (quoteless, no letter formalities)
for optimal result.
(Though depending on the kind of inbox view the other party is using,
the inbox can look a bit cluttered; but this doesn't affect threaded view,
and making all Delta Chat messages go in in a dedicated folder
would help as well)
Note that I have not used Delta Chat myself (I'm not much of an IM person, especially *not* IM on PDA-style device) so I may not be privy of
quirks it might present in many kinds of usage, or how well it deals
with multiple-recipients or mailing list-based threads;
but here is what I gathered technically at least.
P.S. And since it's using full MIME message header, the performance should be around the league of Matrix chat protocol, provided that both parties
are on the same server and IMAP push is being available (can be slower
if parties are on different email servers due to various delivery batching/scheduling policy that are used in the wild).
But the obvious upside is you are free to use any kind of regular
email servers/provider (including the provider/account you're already using,
or have been already paying for), which there are plenty of choices
since email has been around since forever.
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